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Review of the first Google tablet, the Nexus 7 by ASUS

Review by Michael Oryl on Thursday July 05, 2012.

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4.1 stars

(How we score)

Low cost, great hardware build, fast and smooth, latest OS version
No landscape home screen access, missing camera app, limited storage


While Google has released a number of Nexus branded "hero" smartphones in the past, the new Google Nexus 7 is the first ever tablet to bear the Google Nexus name. Built by ASUS, the Nexus 7 also has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system.

While the Nexus 7 offers nothing to consumers that can't be found elsewhere - save for Jelly Bean - it offers a number of refinements to the Android tablet experience in terms of both software and hardware. And it does it all at a sub-$200 price point that is meant to dethrone Amazon's Kindle Fire as the reigning Android tablet of choice for consumers.

With specs like a quad-core processor and a 1280 x 800 pixel display, that seems more than just possible. It might even be likely.

You can see the Google Nexus 7 in action in the video located after the Table of Contents, below.

Table of Contents and Scorecard

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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